The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasted-off this Tuesday at 3:44 am ET from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex. NASA had been working with SpaceX on this project and testified a “smooth countdown and no technical problems.”
This success marks a new era of commercial space exploration and SpaceX ‘s first commercial flight to International space station.
About 10 minutes later, the rocket reached the Earth’s Orbit and separated from the Dragon cargo vessel as planned. Upon successful separation, Dragon deployed solar panels to power up itself. Originally, the rocket was around 157 feet tall.
The Falcon 9 mission was the last test before SpaceX can start regular delivery contracts. SpaceX has already signed a $1.6 billion contract for at least 12 of these missions.